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Mayor Lance Bottoms appoints five to leadership positions

Amy Cheribelle
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ATLANTA — Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced five new appointments to serve in her administration.

1. Chief Financial Officer – Mohamed Balla, effective July 7, 2021

Mohamed Balla recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Financial Administration. As CFO, Mr. Balla will lead the department’s financial functions, including budgeting & reporting, financial planning & analysis, capital planning, auditing, revenue operations, accounts receivables, accounts payables, fixed asset & inventory management, accounting services, and payroll.

Mr. Balla earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College and an M.B.A from the University of Michigan.

2. Chief Information Officer – Jason Sankey, effective immediately

Jason Sankey served as the Chief Information Officer of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). ODJFS is responsible for developing and supervising the State’s public assistance, workforce development, unemployment, child and adult protective services, adoption, childcare, and child support services.

Sankey received his Bachelor of Science in Natural and Behavioral Sciences / Chemistry from Ohio University and a recipient of the 2020 state of Ohio agency CIO of the Year.

3. Department of Human Resources Commissioner – Jeffrey Norman, effective immediately

Jeffrey Norman has served as interim Commissioner of DHR since June of 2019. For the last two years, Norman has improved the City’s recruitment and onboarding timelines for departmental vacancies, shortening the time-to-fill period from 67 days to 32 days. Norman also led the creation of the Vacancy Review Board.

Most recently, Norman served as Deputy City Attorney in the Department of Law. Norman served as the City’s Chief Compliance Officer for 14 years.

Norman graduated from Morehouse College and received his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University.

4. Deputy Chief Operating Officer (DCOO) – Jason Ingram, effective immediately

Jason Ingram joins the City as the DCOO of Business and Administrative Services. Previously, Ingram served as Chief Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the Civil Service Commission for the City of Baltimore Department of Human Resources.

Ingram earned a B.A. from Morehouse College, an M.A. from Columbia University, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America.

5. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General Manager – Balram Bheodari, effective immediately

Prior to his appointment, Balram Bheodari served as Deputy Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in 2016. Bheodari has joined ATL for 21 years of service.

Bheodari is a retired Army aviator whose leadership as Deputy General Manager for Operations navigated ATL through the most challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is a graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in aviation management. He retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of active military service in the aviation branch as an instrument-rated aviator.

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